Suboxone is a buprenorphine medication that is taken under a doctor's supervision to treat dependence on opioids. It comes in a tablet and as a dissolvable film. People who are looking for medical options for breaking an addiction to opioids should have a thorough consultation with their doctors to weigh the intended benefit of Suboxone against its potential side effects. There it the possibility of experiencing both minor and major side effects while taking Suboxone.
Most people treating opioid addiction with Suboxone experience at least some of the following side effects: all-over body weakness; feeling very cold or chilled; nausea, with or without vomiting; diarrhea; constipation; feeling dizzy or light-headed; unusual fatigue; facial flushing; insomnia; headaches; profuse sweating; and pain in the stomach.
These side effects are considered typical and should resolve on their own without any further medical intervention. However, patients should report them to their doctor if the symptoms remain persistent or if they are causing prolonged distress. It may be necessary for the doctor to alter the dose of Suboxone or to increase the degree of medical supervision.
There are certain conditions that should alert the patient that he or she has developed a major side effect to Suboxone and should stop taking the medication immediately. Patients should also seek immediate medical attention if any of the following symptoms occur while taking Suboxone: a severe allergic reaction, which manifests itself by causing hives, a rash, excessive itching, a feeling of tightness in the chest and/or difficulty breathing, or indications of swelling near the mouth, tongue, lips or face; a feeling of extreme anxiety or nervous tension; mental confusion with a decreased span of attention; blurred vision; a dark color to the urine; lack of appetite; feeling clumsy or uncoordinated; feeling dizzy or actually fainting; an extreme shift in mood to one of agitation or depression; lack of color in stools; persistent insomnia or drowsiness; extreme stomach pain, with or without constipation; slowed reaction time; slow or labored breathing; difficulty speaking or slurred speech; a yellow appearance to the eyes or skin; and hands, ankles or foot swelling.
These Suboxone side effects may occur when using either the film or capsule form. Some patients may experience symptoms which are not indicated here. All instances of Suboxone side effects should be reported to the patient's doctor at once, even if they have not been indicated here. A licensed physician is the only one authorized to give medical advice about the proper usage of Suboxone and how to contend with its side effects. Patients who have further questions or concerns are advised to schedule another consultation with their personal doctor.